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Undergraduate admission is handled by the Office of Admissions, located in Sweeney Welcome Center at the corner of University Plaza and Bryson Street. You may contact the admissions office in any of the following  ways:

Phone: Toll free (877) GO-TO-YSU | (877) 468-6978 | (330) 941-2000
TDD: (330) 941-1564
Fax: (330) 941-3674
YSU Web Site
Admissions Web Site

The Office of Admissions is open on weekdays and selected Saturdays. Please call the numbers above or visit the website for times. Campus tours are available twice daily Monday through Friday and on selected Saturdays. Tours can be scheduled by calling the Admissions Office or by scheduling on-line .
Tours are best scheduled a week or more in advance, but you are welcome to visit the YSU campus and stop in the office any time without an appointment. If you schedule ahead, we can arrange free parking; otherwise, visitors can park in the F-1 (University Plaza) lot across from the Sweeney Welcome Center for a nominal fee that covers parking for a full day.

Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to every program. Some programs within the University have separate admission standards that must be met before a student may enroll in that particular program. Developmental courses are available to assist in satisfying scholastic deficiencies. Those students who lack high school subjects required by the various colleges within the University may be admitted with the understanding that these courses will be completed as soon as possible and no later than the end of the college sophomore year.

Admission With Conditions

Students may be admitted to YSU with conditions under certain circumstances. Please see Conditional Admission for more information.

State Residency Status

Place of residence for admission and tuition purposes will be determined at the time of admission or readmission by the Office of Admissions on the basis of the residency rules stated in the Ohio Revised Code  and from the information supplied on the "Application for Admission" or the "Undergraduate Application for Readmission" form.

If at any time you have questions about your appropriate classification, you should immediately bring it to the attention of the Office of Admissions for review. Students requesting Ohio residency are required to complete a State of Residency Verification form and provide additional supporting documentation. A change to resident status cannot be made retroactive if supporting documentation is received after the first day of the requested semester.

Residency Status Appeal

After the Office of Admissions makes its determination, a decision will be sent in writing to the student. If a student wishes to appeal the decision, she or he can request an appearance before the Residence Classification Board. Such appearances occur within two weeks of the request, if possible. The Residence Classification Board's appellate decision is final.

Please see Ohio Residency of this Undergraduate Catalog for the complete text of the Ohio Department of Higher Education residency criteria.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $45 is required unless the applicant is a former YSU student, or those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.

High School Preparation

Students desiring to pursue a baccalaureate degree should have completed the following college preparatory units:

Baccalaureate Degree College Preparatory UnitS

Social Studies3
Foreign Language 12
Total Units16

 Two units in one language

It is recommended that coursework include:

  • English composition
  • Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry
  • Laboratory science
  • United States history and government

In addition, the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree program suggests a unit of mechanical drawing, a half-unit of trigonometry, and in the sciences, one unit of chemistry and one unit of physics specifically. Students interested in programs such as computer information systems, physical sciences, and mathematics should also take a fourth year of mathematics. For the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree program, the applicants are expected to have proficiency in one or more branches of applied music. See the Dana School of Music section.

Students wishing to pursue an associate degree should have completed the following college preparatory units:

Associate Degree College Preparatory Units

Social Studies2
Other Subjects6
Total Units16

Students admitted to the University may have their high school records evaluated by the college in which they are enrolled. Specific coursework, in addition to what is listed above, may be required in order to be accepted into a specific program or major. Since such coursework may vary depending on the college and degree requirements, students should check with advisors as to the academic expectations that need to be met.